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About Searching For Your Zen:

When Searching For Your Zen first started I struggled to come up with an About page because I was uncertain about what my goals were for this website. As it slowly developed and I became more invested though, it became clear that Searching For Your Zen is about happiness! Happiness in whatever shape makes sense to you! Happiness is different for everyone and only you have the ability to shape your own life.

For years I Wasn’t Happy and felt like I was following some sort of premeditated trap crafted by Society. I realized that “society’s plan for me” sharply contrasted with my own goals and aspirations.

And so … with a nudge out the front door (losing my job) I began to live life more haphazardly, with less clutter and more adventure. Once I got rid of the trappings of regular society (ie. Career, cars, houses, etc.) I felt like I could finally start living my life.

This website is devoted to that individual journey to happiness. There is no destination, no fixed objectives and certainly no road map though. Living in the moment, striving to be happy, and allowing life to take you where it will are just the guidelines … the rest is up to you!

Searching For Your Zen can be broken into  4 sections 

1. the Blog

the Blog

The blog includes travel stories and destination guides to make the world feel a little bit smaller. Ultimately, I try to live in the now and show that it is possible. The blog is meant to encourage you to go out and do what inspires you. Life is too short to stay in bad situations and the best time to make a drastic change is now. When reading the blog: Imagine you are the one on the road, imagine your own backpack straps digging into your shoulders and imagine yourself as the explorer!

2. Inspiration

Inspiration

This section is aimed at getting you out your front door. Do not go to this section with the mentality of seeing cool pictures, reading cool quotes and allowing yourself to reminisce about things that will never happen. You are not a dreamer stuck in reality. You can do anything you want and if you are not happy with your life right now, then it really is time to make a change. View this section from the mentality that you will make your dreams a reality and these pictures, quotes and stories are just re-affirming that in your own mind.

3. Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings

If you are looking for a funny story, a good book, or the Philosophy behind life, travel and happiness then this is your section! This is where “Searching For Your Zen” delves deep into the mind and seeks out some of the deeper recesses of life and happiness.

You may also find the odd Homework Assignment that aims to challenge and entertain you … Try starting with Cold Showers for One Week!

4. Sustainable Travel

Sustainable Travel

Traveling and living on the edge can be exhilarating, enlightening and empowering. The hard part though, is sustaining it beyond that 1-2 week vacation you take every year. Traveling doesn’t have to be an escape though! It can be a lifestyle and “Sustainable Travel” seeks to show you how.

From Couch Surfing, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or Working on an International Farm … if traveling is your inspiration the click click here to make it a more permanent solution.

About Me:

Hey there, my name is Dan. I like adventure, traveling, laughing. I like trying to solve world problems, talking about philosophy and asking the types of questions that are impossible to answer.

If you are visiting this site for the first time I suppose I am still just a voice that comes out of your computer screen. In the future though I hope we can get to know each other, swap stories and eventually change the world together! I am banking entirely on the belief that a few Blog Stories and Homework Assignments are all it takes to make the world a better place. I hope you will join me. :)

I am still learning and discovering the little things that make me tick in life. While trying to figure all that out, I have inadvertently found that for me the answers to some of life’s hardest questions lie in traveling and being on the road.

My goal in creating this site isn’t to prove to you that traveling is the answer; but to prove that everyone can find their own happiness. It’s easy to love life when you are doing what makes you happy … I’d like to invite you to find what makes you happy!

Stitches in Thailand

Stitches in Thailand

Bungee Jump in Macau

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Teaching in China

Chinese students

What’s My Story?

Before Searching For Your Zen existed … I was chasing a corporate life (end of 2012) and found myself Stuck at a Job I Hated. Fortunately, I lost that job after 6 months and was forced to figure out what I really wanted to do in life. I left Houston, TX to get things back on track and ended up deciding to Fly to Europe with a backpack. For the next 3 months I discovered that traveling is what makes me happy.

Before going to Europe, I didn’t realize how far down the rabbit hole I had gone. Escaping the Madness is never easy, but I found it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined it to be. When I lost my job in Houston I began to see that life-changing moment as an opportunity … the result is this website.

Standing in front of a Waterfall

Who is Jess??

I refer to “Jess” in many articles and posts on this site! That is because Jess is my biggest fan, trustee co-adventurer, and girlfriend. Jess is Canadian, I am American, we met in Spain, traveled SE Asia together, lived in China and taught english in the same school. In other words … Jess is pretty awesome!

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Elephant Kisses
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What am I doing now?

After backpacking through Europe for 3 months I found that my inspiration lies on the road. I went back to Tacoma, WA to sell a house and get some things in order. After that I moved to the middle of China and began a 2-year stretch as a TEFL teacher. I have found that teaching is extremely satisfying, challenging, and rewarding… but more importantly it’s a way to plug me into a different culture and serve as a gateway to traveling throughout Asia.

10 Tidbits you may not know about me:

1.  I am SCUBA certified but don’t really like it because I suck at it.

2.   I’ve skydived 13 times

3.   I have an identical twin brother

4.   I have dual citizenship with Canada and America

5.   I have my pilot’s license

6.   My first job was McDonalds

7.   I was in the US Army for 4 years

8.   I’ve done the tallest bungee jump in the world

9.   I have a tattoo of the world on my back

10. I have a bachelors degree in International Studies

Dustin Me at wedding
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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hitch-Hikers Handbook

    Fascinating blog, Dan! We are also ESL teachers but in Barcelona although we’re seriously considering China as our next base. Would you recommend teaching English/living there? Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

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    • Dan Post author

      Hey there! Thanks Hitch-Hikers :)
      It is fascinating to me that you have managed to teach in Spain. My girlfriend and I, we met in a hostel in Barcelona :) – would love to teach in Spain but as an American and Canadian it is tough to get work in Europe. It sounds like we have a lot in common though!

      As for teaching English in China; it is unlike anywhere I have ever been. China is incredibly different than Europe and the “western” world … so I would just say, be open-minded and be ready for some major cultural differences. I like China a lot, but sometimes an optimistic viewpoint and acceptance of differences is the best approach to appreciating China. They are in need of tons of ESL teachers and it is a teachers’ market. With experience like you 2 have, I think you could get work almost anywhere. With that advantage, China is a great place for you to save a decent amount of money and create a great home-base to travel throughout Asia. I would recommend it if you are interested in traveling in Asia and looking to save some money!

      I will stay in touch and keep checking out your blog. I like what I see so far :) Thanks for the comment and I look forward to staying in touch! Happy traveling. – Dan

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